The Many Faces of Frida Symposium – Part 1: Welcome, Dominic Willsdon

Welcome. Dominic Willsdon

Video recordings of the past Tate Modern conference, The Many Faces of Frida Symposium.

Part 1: Welcome

The Many Faces of Frida Symposium – Part 2: Opening discussion

Video recordings of the past Tate Modern conference, The Many Faces of Frida Symposium.

Part 2: Opening discussion on representations of Frida Kahlo:Carlos Monsivais, Emma Dexter and Oriana Baddeley

The Many Faces of Frida Symposium – Part 3: Victor Zamudio-Taylor

Video recordings of the past Tate Modern conference, The Many Faces of Frida Symposium.

Part 3: Victor Zamudio-Taylor.

The Many Faces of Frida Symposium – Part 4: Whitney Chadwick

Video recordings of the past Tate Modern conference, The Many Faces of Frida Symposium.

Part 4: Whitney Chadwick.

The Many Faces of Frida Symposium – Part 5: Dawn Ades

Video recordings of the past Tate Modern conference, The Many Faces of Frida Symposium.

Part 5: Dawn Ades.

The Many Faces of Frida Symposium – Part 6: Whitney Chadwick and Dawn Ades

Video recordings of the past Tate Modern conference, The Many Faces of Frida Symposium.

Part 6: Discussion 2: Whitney Chadwick and Dawn Ades

The Many Faces of Frida Symposium – Part 7: Gannit Ankori

Video recordings of the past Tate Modern conference, The Many Faces of Frida Symposium.

Part 7: Gannit Ankori.

The Many Faces of Frida Symposium – Part 8: Luis M. Lozano

Video recordings of the past Tate Modern conference, The Many Faces of Frida Symposium.

Part 8: Luis M. Lozano.

The Many Faces of Frida Symposium – Part 9: Victor Zamudio-Taylor

Video recordings of the past Tate Modern conference, The Many Faces of Frida Symposium.

Part 9: Victor Zamudio-Taylor.

The Many Faces of Frida Symposium – Part 10: Discussion 3: Gannit Ankori, Luis M. Lozano and Victor Zamudio-Taylor.

Video recordings of the past Tate Modern conference, The Many Faces of Frida Symposium.

Part 10: Discussion 3: Gannit Ankori, Luis M. Lozano and Victor Zamudio-Taylor.

The Many Faces of Frida Symposium – Part 11: Marisela Norte

Video recordings of the past Tate Modern conference, The Many Faces of Frida Symposium.

Part 11: Marisela Norte.

The Many Faces of Frida Symposium – Part 12: Discussion 4: Laura Mulvey, Caroline Evans and Marina Wallace

Video recordings of the past Tate Modern conference, The Many Faces of Frida Symposium.

Part 12: Discussion 4: Laura Mulvey, Caroline Evans and Marina Wallace.

The Many Faces of Frida Symposium – Part 13: Amalia Mesa-Bains

Video recordings of the past Tate Modern conference, The Many Faces of Frida Symposium.

Part 13: Amalia Mesa-Bains.

The Many Faces of Frida Symposium – Part 14: Sylvia Ziranek

Video recordings of the past Tate Modern conference, The Many Faces of Frida Symposium.

Part 14: Sylvia Ziranek.

The Many Faces of Frida Symposium – Part 15: Claudia Schaeffer

Video recordings of the past Tate Modern conference, The Many Faces of Frida Symposium.

Part 15: Claudia Schaeffer.

The Many Faces of Frida Symposium – Part 16: Discussion 5: Whitney Chadwick, Carlos Monsivals and Amalia Mesa-Bains

Video recordings of the past Tate Modern conference, The Many Faces of Frida Symposium.

Part 16: Discussion 5: Whitney Chadwick, Carlos Monsivals and Amalia Mesa-Bains.

At this symposium we want to focus on both the cultural politics of Frida Kahlo’s work and her reputation.

The role of Frida Kahlo’s work and the construction of her persona within contemporary culture is in itself indicative of the complexities of the interaction of the national with the global. She is now one of the few widely recognised female artists and one whose image informs global perceptions of Mexico and what it means to be Mexican. Her work has traditionally been seen as expressive of the personal pain of a unique woman on to which collective (essentially female) audiences can project their own experiences; other aspects of her identity have been overshadowed by this emphasis. Her role as a political activist and her ability to comment upon, rather than be a vehicle for, the expression of the historical moment is frequently subsumed beneath this desire to empathise with Frida the woman.

By 2005 Kahlo’s life and work has come to represent more than her contribution to the construction of a post-revolutionary Mexican cultural identity or the aesthetic issues and debates which underpin twentieth century art. Kahlo has become a phenomenon through which to discuss far wider issues of cultural meaning and importance to twenty-first century creative practice.This conference explores these wider meanings. It aims to look at the genealogy of the Kahlo phenomenon as we encounter it today and at its influence on different areas of late twentieth and early twenty-first century culture. We want to allow for an exploration of Kahlo’s impact across a range of disciplines and audiences including fine art, design, film, fashion and feminist and post-colonial cultural theory. Themes include: the relationship of Kahlo to the debates around surrealism and the relevance of the exotic and the popular within the construction of ideas of cultural authenticity; Kahlo as an icon of the dispossessed, as an exemplary ‘minority’ and the impact of this phenomenon on expectations of Mexican and Latino creative practice; and the meanings and appropriations of both the appearance and persona of Frida in film and fashion and the ways in which those meanings have impacted on contemporary consumerist cultures.

A collaboration with the University of the Arts London, supported by HSBC, with additional support from the Mexican Embassy in London